CHICAGO (RNS) Al Tauber waits beneath the elevated tracks at the Belmont station, a brightly-lit hub on Chicago’s north side.
It’s almost midnight on a January Wednesday, and Al wears a black knit cap, jeans and a black winter coat.
He greets Daniel Howard, a young seminary student who’s joining him on a night of outreach and hands him a couple of packets of disposable hand-warmers to slip in his pockets. It’s 33 degrees and snow is on the way. Al asks Daniel to start off with a prayer, and they close their eyes and stand with bowed heads beneath the train tracks.
“Lord, just bless our time,” Daniel said. “We pray that you would just bring people to us tonight.”